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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2013 December;172(12):923-7
Quality of life in Parkinson’s disease after exercising in water and physiotherapy
Marchi A. 1, Bilora F. 2
1 IRCSS “La Nostra Famiglia” Conegliano Veneto, Treviso, Italy;
2 Clinica Medica II, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Padua University, Padua, Italy
Aim: Parkinson’s disease (PD) causes impairments such as stiffness, mobility difficulties, and even immobility. Hence our interest in studying the effects of a rehabilitation program based on physiotherapy and exercises in the swimming pool.
Methods: Fifteen individuals with mild or moderate PD (14 males and 1 female, mean age 63±4.2 years) were studied for 12 months. Cases of severe PD were excluded. Patients were assessed using scales to measure their functioning and activities of daily living (ADL) before and after physical therapy. We established 3 groups (A,B,C) using the Webster scale: cases in groups A and C were mildly impaired, while group B cases had moderate disease.
Results: After one year of rehabilitation at our center and at home, the individuals in groups A and C had improved motor capacity, but no improvement in gait was seen in group B.
Conclusion: Physiotherapy and exercising in water can improve the wellbeing of patients with mild PD.